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Discover the Vortexes

by: Editor on 7/17/2016

 

Home to some of the most impressive vortexes in the country, a Scientific Vortex Tour takes place year-round, including the Major National Retreat in July, with complete instruction on tapping into the spiritual/meditative power of vortexes. There are 2.5 hour tours offered every Monday in the Coconino National Forest with guided reflections.

Customize a Vortex Briefing for Groups, or mini-retreats and extra sessions are also available for smaller groups of four or less(?). Vortexes are energy locations that are “enhanced” and prime for meditation, prayer, and mind/body healing. Although often compared to a magnetic and electric force, that’s not at the core of vortexes. Their real explanation is on the outskirts of today’s known science.

Digging Deeper

One of the most comprehensive recent coverage on vortexes can be found on the Nova program on PBS, which claims that vortexes have energy flows in the deeper dimensions. Some believe this allows your “soul to soar” more easily, allowing for more inspiration and easier stress reduction. Many have found relaxation and peace while visiting the vortexes.

Sedona is unique because all major vortexes are located in a relatively small geographical area. Overlapping into the metro of the city, it’s easier to see how a visitor’s spiritual life intersects with their everyday experience.

Mexican Restaurants to Try

by: Editor on 7/14/2016

It’s tough to narrow down the must-try Mexican restaurants in a city like Sedona where authentic, local favorites are constantly battling it out for who’s best. However, you can try—starting with the gourmet dishes at Elote Café where chef Jeff Smedstad has spent the past 15 years traveling and studying regional Mexican dishes. Guacamole with spicy almonds and fresh corn, duck flautas, lamb adobo, and a separate tequila menu make this a very special experience.

The Café Jose Restaurant is a local beloved chain offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chorizo and eggs, pollo con mole ranchero, diablo shrimp and Santa Fe ribeye style steak are just a few of the options at this casual joint. There are also giant tortas, like the Hawaiian, Mexican and Cuban offerings, that are sure to satisfy!

Sedona’s Top Picks

Oaxaca Restaurant features a special menu for tour groups, because they’re just that famous. Chorizo fundido, Oaxaca posole (which blends Mexican and Native American flavors), and the Blue Mesa trout are all popular. For dessert, you can’t miss the Chocolate Binge or Mexican Sundae.

At 89Agave Cantina, treat yourself to an upscale affair! They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, and a tequila menu. Famous for their grilled sweet corn, ceviche del mar and chicken tortilla soup, the only thing as mouthwatering as the menu is the stunning views.

 

Sedona’s Fourth of July

by: Editor on 7/1/2016

Sedona is the perfectly patriotic place to be this Independence Day, with events, parades and firework displays galore. The party starts early with the All-American Weekend at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in nearby Camp Verde. For adults who want to try their luck, five times per day a $239 Castle Cash hot seat drawing takes place with complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda from 4-9pm on July 4th.

There are face painters and a carnival for the kids,  and fireworks at 9:30pm on the big day. The Sedona 4th of July Concert and Laser Light Show offers a special light show every hour on the hour at the Performing Arts Center, with food vendors and a concert from 10am-2pm at Sedona Red Rock High School.

Light It Up!

The nearby Prescott 4th of July Celebration has the biggest fireworks show in the area. They also have zip-lining, a carnival, water slides, climbing walls, bungee trampolining, and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9pm and there’s a free shuttle and parking at Embry-Riddle located on Willow Creek Road.

For something a little different, head to the 4th of July Rodeo Parade in Prescott followed by Whiskey Row Boot Racing and a parade. It’s all in downtown Prescott from 9-11am!

 

Best Sedona Steakhouses

by: Editor on 6/11/2016

No trip to the Wild West is complete without sampling Sedona’s greatest steakhouses. Begin your journey at the Golden Goose American Grill, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they have a banquet hall for special events. Beyond delectable cuts, it’s their desserts that really put them on the map! Try the salted caramel crème brûlée parfait, chocolate lava cake or mini bistro bites.

At Sound Bites Grill, you’ll be treated to happy hour specials as well as late night bites, desserts and night caps that are the perfect end to another gorgeous day in Sedona. At dinner, try the rascal flatbread with tiger shrimp, applewood smoked bacon and more. Their Red Rock’n Chili is the perfect starter, but the 8 oz. Stevie Ray burger with an autographed guitar is only for the biggest of fans—it comes with a $35,000 price tag!

Big Bites

You won’t be without a paddle at Up the Creek Grill and Bar, known for their fine wine pairings and elegant atmosphere. Roasted cauliflower and golden beets are fantastic starters for their Page Springs burger with green chilies and chipotle sauce entrée. Medallions of venison, the “queen of steaks” via a 6 oz. filet mignon, and a 12 oz. ribeye are all favorites on their dinner menu.

Make the most of your Sedona getaway by checking out one, or all, of these top notch steakhouses!

Sedona’s Summer Solstice

by: Editor on 6/10/2016

Celebrate summer in the quintessential “always summer” city of Sedona. Even though it feels like the best season of all year-round, Sedona residents love the festivities that roll around every June. The Summer Solstice Celebration of Light Ceremonies and Vision Quest Retreat is held June 19-26, where participants engage in activities to “deepen spiritual insights” and celebrate their relationship with Mother Earth. Hosted by the Hopi Healing Circle, it draws eager attendees from around the world each year.

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The Sedona Summer Solstice Festival is held on June 21 at Unity of Sedona from 9am-9pm and includes catered lunches and dinners. You’ll be treated to a myriad of speakers and performers including Druid Priestess Linda and songs from Three Trees and Kayt Pearl. Bohemian or renaissance attire is highly encouraged.

Ring in Summer

Sedona Spirit Yoga and Hiking Day Tours offer a Summer Solstice surrender every June where yogis of all abilities gather to salute the sun. You’ll be led on beautiful hikes to some of the most isolated areas in Sedona where seasoned yoga instructors will lead you in a series meant to brighten the light in and around you. It’s the perfect slice of zen for your trip.

However you celebrate summer, simply being in the spiritual city of Sedona is a fantastic way to kick off the season.

Find Gifts for Grads

by: Editor on 6/3/2016

Travelers coming to Sedona for a special graduation don’t need to haul their gifts from afar. Sedona is home to many top-rated gift shops, so carve out some time for shopping and find the perfect present for the graduate in your life. Start at Hummingbird House, a local favorite where there are collections from local artisans and crafts makers. Accessories, arts and antiques, bath and body gifts, home décor, kitchen goodies, and garden/patio delights are just part of what you’ll find here.

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Sedona Green Gallery and Gifts is known for eclectic collections, where you’ll find something for even the pickiest of grads! Dreamcatchers, a unique t-shirt collection, prisms and hanging ornaments with a Sedona touch, red rock jewelry, candles, and more are all available. Local artists create many of the items you’ll find here.

Gifts Galore!

At Red Rock Candle & Gift, you’ll find Arizona sandstone items, bath and body products, and of course, more candles featuring natural and local ingredients than you can imagine. From votive to ribbonwick, there are also perfumes, soaps and knickknacks available so you can put together a fabulous gift basket.

Peace Place Gifts and Reiki Center is another option for gift seekers looking for a local touch. Celebrate one of life’s greatest achievements with a thoughtful, quality and local gift your grad is sure to love.